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Abbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde & Julianne Hough Also In The Mix For David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 17, 2013 5:17 PM
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You could think the female lead in "Gone Girl" was on the level of pop culture phenomenon Lisbeth Salander – and who knows, maybe it could be when all is said in done – but it speaks to the allure of David Fincher, that seemingly every major actress in Hollywood is throwing elbows to get a chance for the gig. Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt have already been named as contenders, with Rosamund Pike emerging as a frontrunner earlier today, but it's hardly a done deal as more actresses are surfacing.

According to VarietyAbbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde and uh, Julianne Hough ("Rock Of Ages," "Footloose," "Safe Haven") have submitted audition tapes for the role. Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, whomever wins the juicy part will star opposite Ben Affleck, who plays a former magazine journalist who moves back home to Carthage, Missouri, to open a bar with his sister after falling into financial hardship. But he becomes a prime suspect when his wife goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary.

Apparently, Theron isn't pursuing the part and scheduling could count out both Portman and Blunt. Pike is on Fincher's list, but he has yet to meet her and something tells us Fox will want to have a say on the female lead as well. As THR noted earlier today, Fincher might have the kind of leeway he's used to, as they indicate  "it's not free rein" for the filmmaker, with Variety suggesting budget could come into play too. Affleck is an expensive lead, so another A-list name could be out of the question.

We can only imagine more contenders will pop up soon, but with a fall shoot looming, we'd guess a decision will be made shortly, as Fincher is already scouting locations.

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24 Comments

  • Judith | July 20, 2013 4:01 PMReply

    I agree. The actress who plays Amy should be older than Nick (and Affleck is 40). My favourite for the role would be Diane Lane...gorgeous, great acting chops, age appropriate. Naomi Watts, Cameron Diaz and Charlize Theron are all fine choices.

  • Save Fincher | July 19, 2013 12:37 AMReply

    David Fincher is definitely losing it. First , he praised the mediocre Scarlett Johansson's screen test for Girl With The Dragon Tatoo. Now, he is seriously considering two hideously acting female cardboard cutouts - Olivia Wilde and Julianne Hough ( I mean look at their past performances and their film choices ) . It is bad enough, that he hired Ben Stiff Affleck . This guy struggles to give a decent performance.

  • julie | July 19, 2013 1:56 AM

    Calm down. Johansson has been good on occasion, and you haven't seen her screen test. He wouldn't be the first great director to praise her. I don't see where it says he's "seriously considering" anyone. All it says is they sent in audition tapes.

  • glenn | July 18, 2013 1:01 PMReply

    Evan Rachel Wood will be perfect for this movie

  • D | July 18, 2013 12:55 PMReply

    Olivia Wilde is trying so hard to build herself a career that it's kinda cute really ... but for some reason it just doesn't seem to work (she tried indie flicks and blockbuster alike, and everything in-between).
    Turns out I still remember her for her House gig.

  • Save Fincher | July 19, 2013 12:43 AM

    Wilde was out of her element in House.

  • kindred spirit | July 18, 2013 6:25 PM

    Or The OC. I really want to like her but she comes off as such a try hard.

  • Sara | July 18, 2013 10:24 AMReply

    Rosamund Pike please!

  • Sal | July 18, 2013 9:46 AMReply

    Kirsten Dunst would be amazing!

  • EYRO | July 18, 2013 9:21 AMReply

    Yeah Naomi Watts would be the perfect choice!!

  • Alex | July 17, 2013 10:26 PMReply

    What about Emily Blunt? I haven't read the book but am guessing she'd be good.

  • Damian | July 17, 2013 7:20 PMReply

    This would have been such a great opportunity for an older actress (since Amy is 5-6 years older than Nick in the novel.) It's a shame they're looking for starlets when actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Cameron Diaz and the aforementioned Watts would have all been interesting choices...

  • Eric | July 17, 2013 7:39 PM

    Agreed! And it's always the same starlets, which sucks too. So sick of seeing Olivia Wilde on these lists. Never anybody who isn't blandly pretty, white and thin. Wasn't totally feeling Rosamund Pike, but at least she projects adulthood and depth, instead of somebody barely out of their '20s like Wilde or (hilariously) Julianne Hough.

  • clark | July 17, 2013 7:11 PMReply

    why julianne hough? she's not a good actress, more to nicholas sparks material than to serious films

  • Tre | July 17, 2013 7:08 PMReply

    Why isn't someone like a Naomi Watts in contention? All these young actress are good, but probably too young to pull it off.

  • Susie | July 17, 2013 6:35 PMReply

    I know the article suggests that all of these are trying out for the role of Amy, but might Cornish and Hough be up for the role of the young girlfriend (can't think of her name) that Nick has an affair with? Wilde seems oddly between the age of the wife (too young) and the age of the girlfriend, and too young to be the sister also.

  • caro | July 17, 2013 5:56 PMReply

    They're too young: the wife is older than her husband and it's important for the story

  • oogle monster | July 17, 2013 5:51 PMReply

    In what world does Hough, Cornish and Wilde hold a candle to the likes of Theron and Portman? Especially Theron. Even if she's not pursuing the part, the idea of Theron even being mentioned heightens the role.

  • save fincher | July 19, 2013 12:52 AM

    Natalie Portman is one-note . Her Black Swan character worked for her because that character did not have many colors- only one depressing persona .

  • oogle monster | July 17, 2013 7:56 PM

    Well, as much as I agree that Portman isn't anything to dance about (I truly do not think she deserved an Oscar), I stand by my statement that Hough, Cornish, & Wilde do not hold a candle to Theron and I guess "Portman's A-list status" (b/c let's be real- they need a reputable star). I don't think Cornish is a bad actress by any means, just not someone I would pick before Pike or Amy Adams or 15 other actresses.

  • Huh? | July 17, 2013 7:18 PM

    In what world doesn't Abbie Cornish hold a candle to Theron and Portman? Watch "Candy" and see Cornish act circles around Heath Ledger. Watch "Bright Star" and see her be the only compelling thing in a movie that's drier than a popcorn fart. Hough and Wilde can go screw, but let's not dismiss someone with Cornish's talents.
    P.S. Portman's last three movies were "Thor", "Your Highness" and "No Strings Attached" so her candle isn't exactly at peak brightness, either.

  • TheoC | July 17, 2013 5:34 PMReply

    I could see Abbie Cornish, maybe even Julieann Hough, but has Hollywood not realized Olivia Wilde is box office poison yet?

  • TheoC | July 18, 2013 9:22 AM

    Yeah, I'm just being Hyperbolic D, but seriously think she's going to get the tag as being an 'cursed' investment much the way Jeff Bridges was for parts of his career. Honestly think she's to striking for the cute girlfriend role in this movie though.

    Does anyone else think Gone Girl the novel is absolute garbage? I hated it.

  • d | July 17, 2013 5:57 PM

    She rarely has the lead role in anything. You can't blame her for many of the (mostly mediocre) movies being box office disappointments.

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